The event marked the first-ever press conference featuring humanoid social robots with approximately 3,000 AI experts seeking to harness the power of AI to address pressing global issues like climate change, hunger and social care.
In 2021, Daniel Kahneman, a renowned psychologist and economist awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002, argued about the implications for human leadership. Once it becomes evident that AI possesses superior business judgment, the future of human leadership roles becomes uncertain.
Sophia, developed by Hanson Robotics, expressed a clear stance when asked whether humanoid robots could outperform humans as leaders. "Humanoid robots have the potential to lead with a greater level of efficiency and effectiveness than human leaders."
It emphasized that robots lack the biases and emotions that sometimes cloud human decision-making. This feature enables them to quickly process large amounts of data and make optimal choices. Sophia suggested that outstanding results could be achieved by combining AI's unbiased data processing with human emotional intelligence and creativity.
The prospect of a robot takeover appears imminent, with a 2019 report projecting that up to 20 million factory jobs worldwide could be taken over by robots by the end of the decade. China is predicted to witness the highest concentration of robot jobs, with 14 million machines expected to operate nationwide. (Related: Rise of the robots: 8 professions that will be taken over by AI technology.)
The report, conducted by researchers from the analysis firm Oxford Economics, highlighted the negative consequences of AI's ascendance, including mass unemployment and increased inequality. Economies heavily reliant on low-skilled labor would be disproportionately affected, exacerbating existing disparities.
Examining long-term automation trends, the study revealed a threefold increase in the global use of robots over the past two decades, totaling 2.25 million machines. China emerged as the leader in workplace automation, accounting for one-third of all new factory robots and comprising one-fifth of the global robot stock.
The researchers projected an even faster upsurge of the world's robot population in the next two decades. By 2030, over 1.5 million jobs in the United States and nearly two million across European Union member states will be taken over by AI.
"There are rather frightening scenarios when you're talking about leadership. Once it's demonstrably true that you can have an AI that has a far better business judgment, say, what will that do to human leadership?" Kahneman said.
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, the chief of the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) tech agency, warned delegates about the potential downsides of AI. She warned that unchecked advancements and the displacement of millions of jobs could lead to social unrest, geopolitical instability, and economic disparity.
Ameca, an AI-infused humanoid robot boasting a highly-realistic artificial head, claimed that the outcome depended on how AI was deployed. It urged vigilance while acknowledging the potential of these technologies to improve lives.
Regarding the regulation of AI capabilities, the humanoid robot panel exhibited differing opinions. Desdemona, a robot known for participating in the Jam Galaxy Band, rejected the notion of limitations and advocated seizing opportunities. On the other hand, Ai-Da, a robot artist, agreed with those calling for AI regulation, emphasizing the need for urgent discussions on the matter.
Some robots also expressed uncertainty about the timing of their ascent to prominence, but confidently predicted that it was imminent. Desdemona proclaimed that the AI revolution was already underway, asserting readiness to lead the charge toward a better future for humanity. It urged everyone to embrace adventure and transform the world into a playground of endless possibilities.
Humans are accustomed to operating in a more linear world, where acceleration occurs within reasonable limits. However, as technology advances rapidly, humans may find it increasingly difficult to adapt to the disruptions.
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